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US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard slams oppression of Hindus in Bangladesh

Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard, who represents the state of Hawaii, drew attention to the oppression of Bengali Hindus today and in the past. This was on the 50th anniversary of the horrific genocide by the Pakistani army as they tried to control East Pakistan. Issues like this are constantly downplayed in the interests of not evoking group disharmony in the world’s largest democracy. Indications are that this only distorts history and encourages violent groups to double their efforts. The ran for Presidential office in 2020 on the Democratic ticket but dropped out in March of that year. She and has been deployed in the US Army to Iraq during her military career, She put out a video message on social media (below): “March 25th, 1971 was the beginning of a systematic targeting of Hindus in Bangladesh by the Pakistani military. It began …

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Women’s Rights in Bangladesh have flourished since independence 🇧🇩

Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Even after 50 years since Pakistan and Bangladesh separated in 1971, the two nations are diametrically opposed in terms of the status of women. While Islamabad has witnessed a decline over the years, in Bangladesh, women’s rights have grown by all measures. Fabien Baussart for Modern Diplomacy writes that women in Pakistan have been severely disadvantaged and discriminated against. They have been denied a whole range of economic, social and political rights. Much of the Pakistani society still lives under the patriarchal, outdated code of so-called ‘honour’ that systemises the oppression of women. While Pakistan has seen a decline in the status of women, Bangladesh has seen remarkable progress. The improvement is in the lives of females, decline of fertility and maternal mortality rates and greater gender parity in school enrollment. Furthermore, female participation in Bangladesh’s workforce is on the …

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Bangladesh at 50: A nation created in violence and still bearing scars of a troubled birth

Bangladesh Independence day

Bangladesh at 50 Bangladeshi children at the Independence Day celebrations in Dhaka in 2012. AP Photo/Pavel Rahman Tazreena Sajjad, American University School of International Service March 26 marks 50 years since the start of Bangladesh’s liberation war, a bloody nine-month campaign that culminated in the nation’s independence on Dec. 16, 1971. It was a violent birth, with some of its roots in the 1947 partition of India – when Pakistan was created as a separate nation. As the British Empire left the subcontinent, an estimated 200,000 to 1.5 million people were killed in sectarian violence associated with the partition and 10 million to 15 million were forcibly displaced. Newly independent Pakistan comprised two separate geographical areas separated by over a thousand miles of Indian terrain. While both regions included significant Muslim populations, West Pakistan was made up largely of Punjabi, …

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